The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

04 January 2006

KXXT-AM/ Phoenix Dropping Air America Radio


Air America Radio Loses Phoenix Station

For Air America Radio,
it's officially fade-to-black in the Valley of the Sun. Roll the end credits, please.

After months of speculation and an ownership change, KXXT-AM's fate is finally clear: its future lies in religious programming, not liberal talk radio. Could a format flip be any more dramatic?

Especially strange were the station's continued assertions they weren't sure what would happen, even as hosts on conservative competitor KFYI-AM repeatedly declared it ready for the dust bin.

As recently as a few weeks ago, a KXXT manager told me there were no plans to change the station's programming. On February 1st, however, it'll be over for Franken & Co.

In several ways, Phoenix is a key market for radio and television broadcasting. Ranked 15th largest by Arbitron, the region is exploding in size, adding young families and professionals, particularly craved by advertisers.

KXXT's ratings had stalled at around a 1.5 share for all listeners 12 and older, good for 21st place. Compare that to conservative KFYI's typical first or second place finishes.

Best known among the station's personalities is Charles Goyette, seen in the above image, who has worked for several Phoenix-area stations.

Yesterday, Goyette revealed this in an email to the Radio Equalizer:

"The station has been sold as part of a package by James Crystal to Communicom, religious broadcasters out of Denver. I am told to expect close of escrow on Feb 1. No guesses on a new home, but the station is operating profitably."

An interesting KXXT
side note, picked up by BoreAmerica:

Even better, the Truth to Power Hour, featuring Kyrsten Sinema and her co-host, Jeff "No neck" Farias will apparently be leaving the airwaves. Sinema is not only an Arizona State legislator, she's quite a piece of work with a clear pro-illegal immigration agenda.

The Radio Equalizer previously detailed Rep. Sinema's crusade against Sean Hannity here.

Brainster's Blog adds this:

The local manager is talking bravely about raising capital to purchase another station, but I suspect that AA is facing its final days in the Valley of the Sun.

There was a fair amount of gallows humor on the show; Goyette did an ad for a computer company noting that they'd done such a good job with KXXT's computers that he'd be able to type up his resume quickly. At one point the station GM said the word "sh*t" without the bleep.

Could Air America find a new home in Phoenix? It's possible, but so far there's no indication it will happen.

Meanwhile, while entertainment industry trades focused yesterday on a relatively minor news position hire at Air America (more on this later), little or nothing is being said about the liberal radio network losing one of its most important outlets.

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  • So where's liberal outlaw and the usual cast of characters?

    By Blogger SCSIwuzzy, at 04 January, 2006 20:44  

  • Not terribly surprising since they were bought by religious broadcasters. I mean, if George Soros bought the National Review, I'm sure it would change direction, despite being successful. And that Goyette guy said the station was operating profitably. We'll have to wait and see how KXXT does post-AAR.

    Here's hoping AAR finds some other station in Phoenix. KPHX is a possibility. It's getting a measly 0.4 rating and reaches most of the Phoenix metro area ( in the local range and the rest of the area in the distant range.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 04 January, 2006 21:16  

  • Actually that 1.5 rating doesn't look too bad. My favorite station, KKNT the Patriot dropped out of the top 25 in the market. :(

    I did like KXXT's attempt to put some political programming on the weekends, even if it was rather lame stuff like the M & M show.

    By Blogger Pat, at 05 January, 2006 01:39  

  • oh, i'm here wuzzy. but you see, i only appear to call you kids out when you don't provide sources or make factless claims. this time maloney provided a credible source and the story checks out, so i have no beef with this post. and i don't listen to AAR in phoenix, so its of little concern to me. but thank you for your concern. i will sleep better tonight knowing that you have been thinking about me.

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 05 January, 2006 10:46  

  • radio host michael savage is not on in phoenix. and still have 8-10 mill. listeners!!!

    By Blogger joe, at 05 January, 2006 20:16  

  • scsiwuzzy, I believe they are all still busy, busy searching for the missing children's funds that Air America has done such a fine job of ignoring....or still, with all the free time that JO appears to have, they might be engrossed in trying to catch up on facts (something very new and intriguing to this particular group) at

    By Blogger wise_n_texas, at 05 January, 2006 22:27  

  • Really, LO? What source did you find credible?

    By Blogger SCSIwuzzy, at 06 January, 2006 19:10  

  • It's Feb 1st and, unfortunately, Scare America was still on the air today.
    Anybody have any info about what is going on?

    By Blogger Gilbert_Sundevil, at 01 February, 2006 20:27  

  • Joe,

    Savage is on in Phoenix.

    As of March 1st KXXT is now broadcasting distorted ( and I don't mean just the worldview) audio of a religious nature.

    By Blogger haltse, at 01 March, 2006 11:50  


    a message from air america phoenix
    February 28th, 2006
    Dear Friends of Air America Phoenix,

    Thank you to the staff, the listeners and the clients for all you’ve done in the past 17 months.

    You helped take an unrated, unprofitable AM radio station and pushed it to a tie for 3rd place out of 25 AM stations in Phoenix.

    BUT ON

    KXXT's ratings had stalled at around a 1.5 share for all listeners 12 and older, good for 21st place. Compare that to conservative KFYI's typical first or second place finishes.


    By Blogger afoxnewss, at 01 March, 2006 16:26  

  • Brain Baloney, You have a lot of nerve calling anyone on Air America liars who don't back up the story with facts. Have you done any fact checking lately? The morning show host you liked the least ALWAYS backed up his argument with facts. Even playing the original statements being broadcasted by the lie perpetraitors!! Sean Hannity should be challenged as well as Bill O'reilly. There is nothing to prevent the lies anymore since the Republicans, under Ronald Reagan removed the Fairness Doctrine which opposing aguments from both sides to back up the isue with facts and let the people think for them selves. Air America will be back in Phoenix because it is so desperately needed. Hate it as much as you want, the truth is coming out.

    By Blogger Nightrider, at 05 March, 2006 11:42  

  • Checking the Facts???? Brian Baloney, are you for real?? Ever since the Republicans removed the Fairness Doctrine in 1988, Checking the facts was no longer required when opinions were being told to the general public over the airwaves. Right wing conservatives nut jobs have been taking advantage of this for years. Have you ever listened to Ed Schultz, Charles Goyette, Al Franken Randi Rhoades and others with your ears and your head????? Never was a claim made without backing up the argument with facts as well as quoting the original comments made by policy so called leaders to PROVE these comments were NOT being made up. Hate it as much as you want, the Truth is coming out and people are finally starting to think for themselves. Air America Will BE Back if only because it is so sorely needed. Air America did one thing radio hasn't done in this country for almost 20 years, listen to ALL of the people, Not just purpotrait the opinions of a few who only listen to what they want to hear!!

    By Blogger Nightrider, at 05 March, 2006 11:53  

  • April 3rd 1480AM KPHX the new Air America Phoenix

    By Blogger Bily, at 28 March, 2006 14:04  

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